Traidcraft’s aim is to focus on helping people work their own way out of poverty. Their vision is for ‘ a world freed from the scandal of poverty where trade is fair and people and communities can flourish”.
Mwathi lives with her family in Kenya. Before Traidcraft stepped in , she was able to sell only one bag of maize from each harvest for 1,250ksh.Her children were going to school but she was behind with their school fees and , in the end, the children had to miss several terms of schooling. They also regularly didn’t have enough food to eat.
At our February meeting we had a talk about the Home-Start Charity by Alex Corgier. Home-Start is a family support charity, where volunteers offer support and practical advice around mental and physical health issues to families and children in need. One of our members has recently become a volunteer, which involves a training course of a day a week for 10 weeks.
Our next meeting on 11th April is a talk about the work at a Hedgehog Hospital by John Crowther. It would be interesting to know how many people actually see hedgehogs in their gardens these days!
Meetings at Box Village Hall are held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month, 10am business, coffee at 10.30am followed by a speaker. Visitors are warmly welcomed at 10.30am - £3 including coffee.
Geraldine Ames, President
Box Gardening Club meets in Box Village Hall at 7.30 p.m.
April 13th (Thursday) Katherine Crouch – New Tricks for Old Gardeners
(Joint Talk with Amberley Gardening Club)
The BBC ‘Gardener of the Decade’ talks about new styles of gardening, tools and techniques!
May 16th Don Everitt - Scree and Gravel Gardens
An insight into this appealing form of gardening.
June 7th Annual Outing – Bryan’s Ground near Presteigne, Herefordshire
Private visit to a very special garden on the Welsh Border
July 18th Afternoon Visit – Tormarton Court
Informal guided tour with the Head Gardener.
Sept 10th Box Village Show
Sept 19th Tim Hancock - Tortworth Seasonal Plants
A local garden centre owner talks on his favourite subject.
Oct 18th Mandy Bradshaw – Beyond the Garden Gate
Cheltenham-based gardening journalist and blogger gives her guide to Cotswold gardens.
Nov 21st Bill Laws - Plants that changed the Course of History
Talk about the top plants from his book ‘The Fifty Plants that changed the Course of History’.
Dec 16th Annual Christmas Party
Jan 17th 2017 AGM
Many thanks to everyone who came along to our Fairtrade Fortnight events....the Big Brew, the Traidcraft tea party and the Traidcraft Sunday Breakfast. A very special ‘thank you’ to all the volunteers who gave up their time to help prepare the room, run the stalls, make cakes, wash up ...and all the many other jobs. Traidcraft events would not happen without you!!
The meeting was very well attended and members were welcomed by the President. The minutes of the last meeting were read out and they were approved and signed. There were two matters arising. The results of the GWFI Resolution Results were read out, and the most votes was gained by alleviating loneliness Members were encouraged to subscribe to the GWFI magazine. This was followed by a list of correspondence from GFWI.
The President welcomed everyone to the first meeting of the year by wishing them a Happy New Year.
It was reported that £65.20 had been donated for the Air Ambulance Service by members at the successful Christmas Lunch and this had been forwarded. Details of various functions for the next few months were given, one of which was about the Glos. Federation Annual Council Meeting to be held in March when the main speaker will be Dr Lucy Worsley.