Unfortunately, our Christmas Lunch at the Bear Hotel in December had to be cancelled due to the snow! However, The Bear was quite happy to re-schedule it for another date in January. At the time of going to press, we are looking forward to the revised date of 16th January. Some members who were unable to make the original meeting are now able to join us!
The Link keeps in regular, usually weekly, contact with Stima, our local rep-resentative in Urambo and, just before Christmas, he sent an appeal to the Link: the primary school’s toilets, which are simply pit latrines, had collapsed and could we finance the rebuilding of a new set of toilets? Without toilets the school would not be able to open on January 8th. The estimated cost for the Link to provide was 2,080,000 Tanzanian shillings (£693). We readily agreed to fund this and also to fund the completion of the new toilets that I saw being built when I was in Nkokoto recently. The picture below shows you the new toilet block completed.
Traidcraft has a long history of working in the Indian cotton sector. Back in the early 2000s, Traidcraft worked to pioneer the first Fairtrade cotton from smallholder farmers in Gujarat. They also worked with cotton farm labourers in Karnataka helping them to organize and develop a collective voice to improve their working conditions.
Members were warmly welcomed by the President. As this was the annual general meeting there was no guest speaker. The minutes of the last meeting were read out and approved. This was followed by a statement from the President concerning business matters of the WI. The Secretary gave a detailed report on events that had taken place over the past twelve months and it made members realise what a busy year this had been filled with a diverse range of activities. Finally a detailed account was given for the finances for this year. The meeting concluded with a quiz and bingo followed by tea and biscuits. Christmas lunch will take place at the Wyevale garden centre on December 14th commencing at 12 noon.
There will be the usual craft and scrabble meetings over the next two weeks together with a skittles lunch at the Egypt Mill. The next meeting will be on Wednesday 6th December at Minchinhampton library at 2pm.
Our WI met as usual at the Library on 4 October where, after the official business was completed, we sat back to enjoy a slide show and talk by Diana Wall. Her theme was Victorian Childhood and was based mainly on the children of families in this area.
Five of our members went to the Commons Edge Group meeting on 5th October. After the business we then settled down to make either a Christmas Tree or a Hedgehog by folding pages of an unwanted paperback book! The end result was amazing. I was sufficiently interested to Google it (under “book folding”) to discover a new, fascinating craft. The event was followed by a delicious cream tea to end a very entertaining afternoon. (In case you’re in doubt the photo is my attempt at a Christmas Tree!)
Plans for our Christmas Lunch are well ahead. The venue is the Bear of Rodborough Hotel. The choice of menu is excellent and we have been given a room of our own. This event is always a great success to which we invite friends and family.
Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday 14th November. It is our AGM followed by “Members Time” – the activity is yet to be decided!
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