Traidcraft - May 2017

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.

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Box W.I. - April 2017

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 Diary 2017


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

Traidcraft - March 2017

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!!

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Minchinhampton W.I. - February Meeting 2017

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.

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Minchinhampton W.I - January 2017 Meeting

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.

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Traidcraft - April 2017

A huge thank you to everyone who came along to the Fairtrade fortnight events held at the end of February. We raised almost £1,000 pounds from the stalls, the breakfast, guess the teddy’s name and the raffle.

Thank you so much!!
...and, as always, a special thank you to all the many helpers. Traidcraft wouldn’t happen in Minchinhampton without you!

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Minchinhampton Nkokoto Link - April 2017


As we enjoy the Cotswold spring weather and countryside, it is good to report that the rains in Nkokoto this year have been good. This is obviously good news for the villagers with their smallholdings and for farmers who have larger units of tobacco, rice or maize growing, and for the cattle herders.

Tanzania has undergone impressive political and economic developments and improvements in social welfare in recent years. However, Nkokoto and the country as a whole continue to face considerable development challenges, not least in essential areas such as economic distribution, population growth, fighting corruption, improving the quality and availability of education, health, electrification, water access and sanitation – all these are key to economic improvement and improving the lives of villagers such as those in Nkokoto. Economic growth and decades of massive international aid have created many good results in Tanzania (and the Link has played its small part) but it is important to recall that the growth began from a very low starting point and that poverty in Tanzania has proven extremely stubborn. Tanzania remains one of the poorest 15 nations in the world. More than two-thirds of the population live below the internationally recognized income poverty line of £1.00 per day and almost 90% live on under £1.50 per day.

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Minchinhampton W.I. - March 2017 Meeting

It was very encouraging to see such a good attendance at our afternoon meeting on March 1st and they were definitely not disappointed, it was a lot of fun. After being welcomed by the President the minutes from the last meeting were read and approved.

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Box W.I. - March 2017

At our first meeting of the year in January, we were given a Hands-on Quiz by Sandra Ashenford. We all sat around in a circle, passing around a wide range of objects for us to identify which was very interesting and great fun – some were relatively easy, but a few only identified by some of our more knowledgeable members!

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Fairtrade Fortnight .....27th February to 12th March

Sunday 26th February 10 a.m Eucharist with Fairtrade theme.
11.15 am The “Big Brew” in the Porch Room.
Thursday 2nd March 3.00 to 5.00 Traidcraft Tea Party in the Porch Room
Sunday 5th March Traidcraft Sunday Breakfast

In Minchinhampton we will have three Traidcraft events. There will be a Big Brew in the Porch Room after the service on Fairtrade Sunday. Then on Thursday March 2nd we will be holding a Traidcraft Tea Party in the Porch Room from 3.00 to 5.00. We shall be serving cream teas and homemade cakes and we shall be selling craft items in addition to the usual food items and the ever popular Traidcraft cards. Finally all profits from Sunday Breakfast on March 5th will be to Traidcraft. We shall be raffling a basket of Traidcraft goodies and the raffle will be drawn at the Sunday Breakfast. You are warmly invited to all three events.

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Minchinhampton - Nkokoto Link - February 2017

As readers will know, the Link sponsors 12 students at the Folk Development College (the FDC) at Urambo. (Urambo is ten miles from Nkokoto so most of the students live in at the college.) The 2014 – 16 group of six students finished their course in December and have been presented with a leaving toolkit from the Link. These tool kits comprise of a sewing machine each plus materials, thread, etc., for the four students completing their needlework/tailoring course and a woodwork tool kit for the two boys who finished their carpentry course. The cost of these tool kits is approximately 2,800,000 Tz shillings. This is about £1,000 in total - £170 per student, expensive but giving each student the opportunity to set themselves up with a trade and income, something not possible without the sponsorship given them by the Minchinhampton Nkokoto Link, and of course only possible because of the generosity of the sponsors and our supporters.) We plan to keep track of these “graduating” students to see how they use their qualifications and trade but as they don’t always stay living in their home village, this isn’t always possible. Stima took photos of the ceremony but unfortunately, when he was sending them to me from the internet café in Urambo, the assistant pressed the delete button by mistake!

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