At our May meeting we discussed the two chosen Resolutions for this year – Combatting Loneliness and the Pollution of Our Seas by Non-Biodegradable Particles from Materials and Clothing. The discussion was presented in detail by Germaine Ballinger and both Resolutions were passed unanimously, ready for the National Vote at the AGM in Liverpool.
At our April meeting we had a talk by John Crowther about his work at the Help a Hedgehog Hospital in Brimscombe. It was extremely interesting and informative and made you want to make a home for a family of hedgehogs in your own garden! He brought along a small hedgehog which obligingly uncurled itself so we could have a proper look at him – he was lovely!
We hold a Traidcraft stall on the 4th Sunday of each month in the porch room after the 10am service. We also sell cards EVERY week ....a great idea if you are suddenly in need of a birthday or occasional card or just a blank notecard. Traidcraft ‘s motto is - ‘Traid not Aid’ ...and by coming along and buying from the stall, you are helping people in poorer countries to work their way out of poverty.
The April meeting was well attended. The meeting began with the members being welcomed by the President and the minutes from the last meeting were read and approved. They demonstrated the variety of activities that members are involved in from the distribution of Twiddle Muffs [made by the Craft Group] at Horsfall House to the participation of two teams in the WI County Quiz.
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
The President began the meeting by giving everybody a warm welcome including our visitor, Susan.
The meeting was very well attended and it was good to see so many familiar faces again, although there were a few absences due to illness and holidays.
The last twelve months have witnessed an impressive number of achievements and successes in the work of the Minchinhampton Nkokoto Link.
Health : It began with the successful boring of the new borehole in the village, giving a supply of fresh, clean and healthy water to those villagers furthest away from the first borehole that the Link had financed a few years ago. This achievement was celebrated by the Nkokoto villagers with joy, as it gave so many more of them easier access to water for their day to day domestic activities, for drinking and cooking.
May is the month all WIs discuss the chosen two Resolutions in detail. This year the chosen ones were on ways of combating loneliness and the amount of non-biodegradable particles from materials and clothing which pollute the seas and oceans. We had an excellent presentation by one of our members who serves on the Public Affairs Committee. Our members passed these unanimously and our delegate to the Annual Meeting in Liverpool will vote on our behalf.
We spent our March Meeting sampling tasty sausages, attractively served on wooden skewers and a slice of delicious sausage roll, all prepared by Taylor’s Butchers of Minchinhampton. We did listen to the talk by Joe of Taylor’s as well! We were told about the family history of the butchers and other interesting facts about the manufacture of their sausages. Indeed, there has been a butcher on that same site for 300 years and Taylors have been there for nearly 125 years! A celebration was also held to mark Betty Foxton’s 90th Birthday, with a magnificent cake made by Shani Wills.
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!
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.