Box Art Group

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After sadly saying au revoir to Elaine Grainger, the Group’s Chair, the Autumn session has opened with several new members on the Committee who have produced an excellent programme for the coming year. Our two tutors, Roxy Jackson and Kate Williamson, will continue to provide much valued help and an outing and outside speakers will be arranged shortly.

At present, plans are well under way for our ever popular Annual Exhibition which will be held at Box Village Hall on Friday to Sunday, 13 to 15 October, from 10am to 5pm. There will also be an evening when you can Meet the Artists on 13 October and join them for refreshments. The Group also welcomes interested or would-be artists to visit us at one of our meetings on Thursday afternoons at Box Village Hall. Do phone Ann on 882552 or Hilary on 884163 for details. Why not stay for a cup of tea!

Hilary Kemmett

Minchinhampton W.I. - October 2017

There was a very good attendance at this meeting which was pleasing. The meeting began with a summary of matters arising from the last meeting which was duly approved and signed. A list of correspondence was read out from GFWI and members were encouraged to obtain further details from the information sheets that had been set out by the president in the library. Venues were organised for the forthcoming meetings for scrabble and craft. Our guest speakers for this meeting were 3 firefighters from the Stroud brigade who spoke about fire alarms and fire safety in the home. The talk was very informative and much appreciated by the members. Many of our members were keen to sign up at the end of the talk for a free fire safety inspection of their homes by the firefighters. The vote of thanks was given by Avril.
The next meeting at Minchinhampton library will be on Wednesday 4th October. The guest speaker will be Camilla Monk who will speak about Belgian refugees in World War 1.

Market House Lottery Fund Update

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Two conditions need to be met before an application to the Heritage Lottery Fund for a grant can be considered by the Fund.

Firstly, the title to the Market House must be registered at the Land Registry. The Parish Council are the custodians of the title deeds to the Market House. Therefore, the Trustees of the Market House must register the title with the Parish Council named as the custodian trustees in the Register. The Parish Council have asked the Trustees of the Market House charity to implement this. The Trustees agree, and are now waiting for the title deeds to be released by the Parish Council.

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Minchinhampton Open Gardens 2017

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What an amazing day it was. After weeks of snipping and pruning, weeding and feeding, not to mention advertising, planning, printing tickets and maps, and bullying innocent gardeners into opening their beautiful plots, finally on 2nd July the day really did dawn fine and sunny.

A total of thirteen gardens were open to the public in aid of Horsfall House and Holy Trinity Fabric Fund (aka 6Ps). The largest was the lovely well established three acres in Holcombe Glen, belonging to Terry Sharpe, and the smallest was one of the new houses in Vospers Croft belonging to Alison and Brian Whitaker, showing just how much use could be made of a small space in a very short time.

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Minchinhampton Nkokoto Link - September 2017

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Nothing is simple when dealing with East Africa from a distance! On occasions, we worry in the Link that our hopes and aspirations for our support for the village just haven’t been successful. An example is the recent order placed by Stima for 300 solar powered lights for families in Nkokoto who didn’t receive them last year and the purchase of a further number of bicycles for those additional students who are attending Vumilia Secondary School now that the President has abolished school fees at secondary level. It appeared that the company who supplied these items last time had disappeared although we had paid for them! But without any warning, suddenly last week a truck arrived in the village with the lights and bikes! Wonderful!! Stima now has the pleasant task of distributing the lights to those needy families. (Remember that although electricity has reached Nkokoto, very few of the villagers have the money to pay for the installation of lights into their houses and still rely on paraffin or kerosene lamps for lighting, and these have been the cause of numerous serious burns to children.) The bikes will be painted blue and will have Minch-Nkokoto printed on them, and then handed out to the students after they have signed an agreement to maintain the bike for four years while they are at school and return it in good condition at the end of their schooling.

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Traidcraft - September 2017

Thanks to everyone who came along to the Traidcraft stall held at the Wednesday Cuppa in July and to everyone who has supported the monthly Sunday stalls.

We sell over 250 pounds worth of stock at each monthly stall !
Thank you!

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Asha Handicrafts was started in 1975 by an English woman who admired the beautiful crafts of the Indian artisans but realized that they didn’t have the marketing options. Asha means ‘hope’ in Sanskrit and that is exactly what has been offered to thousands of craftspeople over the years.

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Minchinhampton Players Debut

As you know, for the last nine years, we have been raising funds for your Market House – starting with several Quality Fayres, followed by events such as:

• One/two night performances by travelling artists such as ‘The European Arts Company’, ‘La Navete Bete’, ‘Miss Haversham’s Ghosts’. All designed to appeal to different audiences.

• Specialist performances such as the illusionist, Bertie Pearce, the ‘Real Roald Dahl Show’ run by Brough Girling & Alan Vaughan with the local school children, ‘An Evening with…’ shows such as that with Steven Davis (author of BBC ‘Waking the Dead’) and Fashion Shows.

• The Literary Lunches. These have now become a regular fixture although we left the Committee many years ago.

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Box W.I. - October 2017

As we do not meet in August, it seems a long time since we got together!
We were not successful in getting into the next round of the County Quiz. However, our members enjoyed the quizzes and will try again next year!

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Traidcraft - October 2017

We have had a short break during the summer but now the Traidcraft stall is back every month.

During the alterations and reordering of the church we shall still be holding a Traidcraft stall on the 4th Sunday of each month in the Porch Room after the 10am service.

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Minchinhampton W.I. - September 2017

Our July meeting was well attended with only a few apologies mainly due to illness. The meeting began with the Secretary reading out the record of the last meeting which was seconded and subsequently signed by the President. With reference to the last meeting there were a number of matters arising: the Box Pudding Tasting Evening, July 14th was cancelled, Gloucester talk on Richard III was also cancelled.

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Box W.I. - September 2017

At our July meeting we were pleased to welcome eight visitors to our meeting who had been enticed by the prospect of our speaker that month.

We all had the pleasure of listening to a talk by Dr Anne Marie Marlow, well known to many of us, who spoke about Acupuncture and her interest in and eventual practise of this therapy.

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Traidcraft - July 2017

This year, Traidcraft’s summer appeal is about learning new skills.

Asina is a single mother living in Bangladesh. Her husband died leaving her alone at the age of 26 with 3 small children to look after. She worked hard to make ends meet, picking crops from her neighbours’ fields and looking after cows and goats.

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